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Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Melica imperfecta Trin.
Smallflower melic grass, Coast range melic grass, Smallflower melic, Coast range melic, Oniongrass
Poaceae (Grass Family)
Synonym(s): Melica imperfecta var. flexuosa, Melica imperfecta var. minor, Melica imperfecta var. refracta
USDA Symbol: meim
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
A dense to loose bunchgrass with bright-green leaves and flowering culms to 2 ft. in height. Spikelets are mostly borne in narrow (sometimes open) panicles and are purplish.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun
DistributionUSA: CA Native Distribution:
C. & s. CA Native Habitat:
Dry, open, often rocky slopes below 4000 ft.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
PropagationDescription: Sow seeds in fall.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: No treatment is necessary.
Commercially Avail: yes
Mr. Smarty Plants says
Groundcover for erosion control
September 23, 2008
I live in southern california. What is the best groundcover
to plant on a slope to prevent erosion?
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From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CANative Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
Record Last Modified: 2009-02-21
Research By: TWC Staff